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36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima mudslides
Publication Date : 21-08-2014
Landslides occured at more than 10 locations across the city's Asa-Minami and Asa-Kita wards
Thirty six people are dead and seven are missing following landslides in northern Hiroshima, Japan early Wednesday after the area was hit by torrential rain.
The landslides occurred at more than 10 locations within an area that stretches about 15 kilometres north to south across the city’s Asa-Minami and Asa-Kita wards, with dirt pouring into many homes and trapping residents under mud and crushed buildings.
According to the National Police Agency, 36 people—including two boys aged 2 and 11—were confirmed dead, while seven people were missing as of Wednesday evening. The casualties also include a rescue worker who was buried under the mud while on a rescue mission.
As requested by the Hiroshima prefectural government, Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force dispatched units to the disaster-hit area, while the central government set up a liaison office for the Hiroshima disaster at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The prefectural government decided on Wednesday to apply the Disaster Relief Law to the Hiroshima disaster.